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Ethereal and Electric’- The Guardian
“They sound like Emmylou Harris meets Jack White in a sexy headlock” - Word Magazine
'This is genuine, honest music impeccably crafted by three individuals with an obvious desire for their chosen path.' – Drowned in Sound
Sparrow and the Workshop will be releasing their new album ‘Spitting Daggers’ on May 23rd through Distiller Records. The album was produced and mixed at the new recording studio, The Distillery, by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno / Sam Amidon). ‘Snakes in the Grass’ will be the first single and is also released on May 23rd; the album will be available on CD and download.
The band comprises of Belfast born, Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (vocals/guitar/violin), Welshman Nick Packer (guitar/bass) and Scotsman Gregor Donaldson (drums/vocals.) Jill's voice has developed into a powerhouse of flexibility, allowing her to soar from keening Sandy Denny-esque tones to sensual peaks you're more likely to expect from PJ Harvey.
They began the year supporting Idlewild on their “Post-Electric Blues” tour, and were then invited to support the Brian Jonestown Massacre on their European tour by bandleader Anton Newcombe. and rounded off the year as main support to The Pogues on their farewell Christmas Tour.
There is something gloriously new about the way Sparrow flit effortlessly between innocent simplicity and dark complexity, from ethereal softness to fearless post-rock crescendos at the drop of a hat. While they have been compared to bands as varied as Jefferson Airplane, Talking Heads and Black Sabbath, this is an album truly of their own making. A headline UK tour to promote the album sees them calling in with Coo at the Bullingdon.
Lancashire native Rob St.John plays haunted, electric folk song, held together by a revolving cast of Edinburgh co-conspirators including members of Meursault, eagleowl, Tisso Lake and The Great Bear on harmonium, saw, skittering drums, autoharp and analogue synth. A regular member of eagleowl, and occasional player in Meursault and Woodpigeon, Rob will release his debut LP on 12" gatefold vinyl through Song, by Toad records of Edinburgh on 26th September 2011.
Bethany Weimers - Bethany is an Oxfordshire-based singer, songwriter and composer. She mesmerizes audiences with her captivatingly unique voice and beautifully haunting folk-tinged songs about love, life and days gone by. http://bethanyweimers.com/